Monday, August 12, 2013

Bubble Tea @ 8Tea5

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There's a new player in town! Bubble Tea is slowly growing big and becoming more and more popular in the Netherlands and Belgium. With three successful stores, 8tea5 is introducing its Asian Bubble Tea to Europe and I feel the need to aid them by sharing this delicious new drink with all of you. 

Bubble Tea was born in 1985 in Taiwan and was brought to Europe by 8tea5 owner Chi. This special drink consists of three parts. The base is jasmine tea, then either  fruit tea or milk tea is added to the base and is topped off with tapioca balls. Bubble Tea can be served hot or cold, so it's a great drink no matter what season we're in. So, why is it called Bubble Tea? 8tea5 states that "in Chinese, these tapioca balls are referred to as pearls or boba", the latter sounding significantly close to bubble! Hence, Bubble Tea! 


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I saw an advertisement for Bubble Tea on the Meir (big shopping street) in Antwerp and it piqued my interest so I decided to go have a look. I walked towards the shop and was positively surprised by it, because it really stood out in a somewhat sober-looking street. This only added to my excitement.


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As mentioned before you can add milk tea or fruit tea to the jasmine base and as you can see on the picture above there is a lot to choose from! I was a bit overwhelmed, this being a new experience and me nog knowing what would be good, but I chose pineapple from the fruit teas selection and I added strawberry tapioca balls to my bubble tea. I thought the color difference would look pretty. My friend chose coconut milk tea and added mango tapioca balls. 


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The shop is so colorful and the tapioca balls are so pleasant. You get a big straw with your drink so you can suck up the tapioca balls. The juice in the tapioca balls adds an interesting new layer to the jasmine tea and extra fruit/milk tea. My fruity Bubble Tea tasted soft and smooth and the tapioca added extra freshness. This really is something I have never experienced before so it's definitely worth a try!




Well, if this hasn't convinced you yet.. then perhaps some nice cakes might persuade you! Don't the rainbow cake and carrot cake look very appetizing to you? There's another kicker, you can actually buy or admire lomography photos, there's even a contest you can partake in. 




For Belgian readers see the picture above for their information and for Dutch readers please click here for more information. There's a store in The Hague, Arnhem and Antwerp in case you're interested! Who has ever had Bubble Tea? What was it like for you? What did you pick? A good/bad experience? Definitely going back for seconds, thirds.. or perhaps not? Ok! Enough with the questions ^_^ 




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24 comments

  1. Ohh nooo, hier zou ik echt wel wat willen drinken..is dit het waar je me over vertelde?

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    1. Hi Stella! Nee, niet eens! Zo zie je maar weer, er zijn ontzettend veel leuke plekjes om te ontdekken in Antwerpen ^_^

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  2. Ik heb nooit eerder Bubble Tea gedronken, maar het lijkt me wel echt heel lekker!

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  3. Ik heb ze nog nooit geproefd maar ben wel super benieuwd! Oh en die cakes zien er ook echt veel te lekker uit!

    Liefs
    Marlies (www.goldenmirrorsandpinkbows.be)

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    1. Jaa, die ga ik de volgende keer proberen ^_^

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  4. Dat ziet er leuk uit :D En vooral ook heel lekker haha!

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  5. Ik moet eerlijk zeggen dat ik het nog niet geproefd heb, misschien maar eens proberen binnenkort! X

    www.fashiable.nl

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  6. I love bubble tea, it's very popular in Canada, we have a very big chinese and tawainese population. They also make it with black tea in Canada.

    My favorite one is green tea and lychee.

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    1. Oh, interesting. I wonder what that looks like!

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  7. Ik heb het nog nooit gedronken, maar zou het wel eens willen proberen :)

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  8. Looks like a really nice place, I'd definitely go there if I didn't live like 9 hours away, lol :-)

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  9. Heb dat spul eens geprobeerd in Hasselt maar vond het 3keer niks ! :o
    Die bubbeltjes (geleibolletjes) vond ik zo ontzettend vies :o
    Je moet er echt fan van zijn! Jammer dat ik het niks vond want het is wel gezonder dan frisdrank !

    leuke blog!
    ik volg je op bloglovin,, fb en twitter! Je mag me ook altijd volgen!

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    1. Jammer dat het niet beval! Sommige tapioca balletjes zijn inderdaad minder vloeibaar dan anderen, is mij verteld! En komt voor mekaar, dank je wel voor het volgen ^_^

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  10. Ik wou toen ik in Antwerpen was zo graag bubble tea, maar kon toen geen plekje vinden waar ik het kon halen! Lijkt me echt lekker :-)

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    1. Volgende keer als je er bent, dan neem ik je wel mee ^_^

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  11. Ik wil dit zo graag eens proberen. Op het station in eindhoven verkopen ze het ook!

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  12. Oh nounou, hier zou ik me wel thuis voelen;-)

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  13. ik heb dit nog steeds nooit gedronken.. het lijkt me heel apart

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  14. Ik vind het wel lekker maar ook niet echt om er speciaal naartoe te gaan :)

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  15. I'd love to try this!

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  16. Natasja! This place just opened up in Arnhem! I didn't have the time, but I saw it and I thought of you! I'll let you know when I've had my bubble tea ;)

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  17. Let's have a tea drink there sometime ;)

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